Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wanderlust Wednesday: Israel and Turkey

Last Wednesday, I shared my fall bucket list with all the fun things that I hoped to accomplish between now and Thanksgiving. There was one major item on that list that I haven't talked about it on the blog yet, but I wanted to share it today--in two months Cam and I are taking a vacation to Israel and Turkey!
 
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Jerusalem {via}
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Istanbul {via}

We are so excited about this trip, as both countries are places we have been wanting to visit for some time. The time we traveled internationally was back in 2010 when we backpacked around Europe for six week and it was an amazing experience. Since that time we've been a little bit busy moving to South Carolina...then Colorado...then to Tahoe, so there hasn't been much time for a major trip! And although we travel quite frequently here in the US, both Cam and I have been itching to take a vacation beyond just a long weekend and we were both eager to get out and see a new part of the world. Another motivating factor for planning this trip is that we have four weddings to go to next summer that are all out of state, so traveling overseas in 2013 is probably out of the question. We have been talking about this trip for a long time now, and finally last month we just decided to go ahead and book our tickets!  We are going to be taking two weeks off of work in starting in mid-November, and we'll get back right after Thanksgiving.
 
Now here is where I need your help...
 
As of now, we'll be spending the first few days of our trip in Istanbul, Turkey and then we fly from Istanbul to Tel Aviv, Israel. We'll be spending the majority of our trip in Israel, and there are a lot of different things we want to see when we're there. However, beyond booking our plane tickets, we really have not booked anything else for this trip yet! (Eeeek...)

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Istanbul {via}
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Tel Aviv {via}
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Sea of Galilee {via}
If you have been to either Israel or Istanbul and you have recommendations about where to go/things to do/places to stay/places to eat I would absolutely LOVE to hear them! Feel free to leave a comment on this post or you can also email me at inthepinkandgreen@gmail.com because we'd really appreciate any suggestions. We're basically going to be spending the next month trying to plan out a more concrete intinerary of what we want to see/where we want to stay/etc, so I'm excited to hear any advice that you might have for us. Also, my sister studied abroad in Jerusalem in 2010 and has been to Israel three times, so she's helping us with our plans there, and I've noticed that a fair amount of bloggers seem to have traveled to Istanbul, so I've been trying to check out their posts about it as well. However, it's definitely a major trip to countries that Cam and I personally are very unfamiliar with so if you have any suggestion of things we can't miss while we're there, please send them my way!
 
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Dead Sea {via}
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Istanbul {via}
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Jerusalem {via}
I titled today's post Wanderlust Wednesday becaues over the next couple of months, I'll probably be doing more travel-themed posts as we start planning and packing for our trip! I'm seriously so excited for this vacation, but I'll definitely feel better once we have some things booked! Let the planning begin! Xoxo

14 comments:

  1. not constantinople? Just kidding - They Might Be Giants reference - if anyone is old enough to remember.

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  2. I am currently in Istanbul, and can offer a few tips. The traffic is crazy and public transport limited. I would choose to stay nearby the metro line (the metro is new, neat, efficient, cheap and safe) so as not to have to rely on taxis (like I have to).

    Definitely the Grand bazaar, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia are worth to see. Look out for rip-offs in restaurants near Taksim (the foreigner prices...) and remember that tipping is not a custom here.

    The food is amazing! If you like lamb, you are in heaven. The local food is great and the coffee is good. So although Starbucks is a prominent sight on the blocks, do try to venture out to a little different spots. Even if they would charge more than for locals, it is still way cheaper than Starbucks!

    Have a great trip! I've never been to Israel but heard just great things about it. :)

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  3. This upcoming trip looks amazing! I'm sure it is going to be a great time! I'd be "wonderlusting" all the time in preparation! I haven't been to either Istanbul or Turkey, but if I hear anything, I will certainly let you know! Happy planning in the meantime, and thank you for checking out my blog today!

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  4. What an amazing trip! All of those places look incredible. So jealous of the places that you will get to see!

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  5. I have never been to either but the trip sound sooo exciting! I can not wait to read about it :)

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  6. How exciting! I would love to go there someday.

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

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  7. All of these photos look amazing! You two are going to have a wonderful trip! :)

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  8. this is so cool! I am so happy for you!!! and jealous!!

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  9. AHHHH! How exciting!!! I had no idea you were planning this kind of big trip! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  10. WOW! That is one of my dream trips!! Congrats!!

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  11. Wow, what an adventure, I'd love to visit those countries someday. Please report back all that you see and do!

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  12. Oh my!!!! How exciting!! The planning wil definitely be half of the fun.

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  13. I found your blog while linking up with "What I'm Loving Wednesday" and I would love for you come over and visit me on my blog

    Dreams Do Come True
    http://happilyeverafter-tiffany.blogspot.com/

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Your sweet words make my day! :)

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